I Am Legend sequel in development

There’s even rumours of a Will Smith return

When I Am Legend scooped £368 million at the box office, there was almost immediate talk of a sequel.

The follow-up was initially rumoured as a prequel, detailing the fall of mankind, but the project never came to fruition.

However, Warner Bros have breathed new life into the return of the plague-ridden thriller.   

I Am Legend, based on the 1954 novel by Richard Matheson, saw Will Smith battle to survive a desolate Manhattan.

His only companion was his pet dog after a disease savagely wiped out most of humanity, turning a select (and unlucky) few into rampant, bloodthirsty monsters.

The film’s ending saw Smith’s character, Robert Neville - spoiler alert - sacrifice his life to save other survivors and despite this, it seems the star could potentially play a part in the new film.

Smith’s production company, Overbrook Entertainment and producer Akiva Goldsman are on board, with new screenwriter Arash Amel taking the writing duties.

Details are hazy at present, so whether Smith will be appearing is not yet confirmed, but if the film’s plot doesn't delve into the events prior to the plague then there is another route open to Arash Amel.

An alternate ending saw Neville survive the third-act, perhaps giving the studio enough room to continue Neville’s story.

Will Smith has largely taken a step back from acting over the last few years with Hancock (2008) and Seven Pounds (2008) being his most recent outings before Men In Black III hits our cinema screens in May.

Would you be up for an I Am Legend sequel? And should Will Smith return? Let us know!

Comments

    • MikeyRix

      Feb 20th 2012, 18:58

      Noooo! Ah well, nobody's making me see it. But still - NOOOOOOOOOOO!

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    • filbert77

      Feb 20th 2012, 19:02

      The alternate ending was so much better than the theatrical one, and truer to the original novel.

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    • Hadouken76

      Feb 20th 2012, 20:17

      Since it is completely different from the film, why not just remake the ACTUAL book?

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    • Aleric

      Feb 20th 2012, 22:14

      This news begs the question.....Why?

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    • writerdave87

      Feb 21st 2012, 0:24

      Smith's Legend has very little to do with the book after a certain point, but I actually agree with you. This sequel is a very bad idea.

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    • Siban1982

      Feb 21st 2012, 15:10

      Don't know why they didn't just remake The Omega Man. Could've been swell with the latest FX and all that... well if they used make up instead of CGI on the monster vampire thingys that is but what can you do?... it's Hollywood, all they need to do now is get a superhero on board and it will complete the picture. >_>

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    • alexr

      Feb 22nd 2012, 12:39

      Hated the CGI s**t of I Am Legend. I too am a fan of the Richard Matheson novel, and surely a more faithful translation (brought up to date for the 2010's) would be a much better idea than making a sequal to a movie that nobody realy cares about now. Sure it made a s**t load of money, but was that more down to Will Smith's appeal than the movie itself? And would he pull in such a large take nowadays?

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    • FBJRider

      Feb 22nd 2012, 13:26

      I preferred the alternative ending it was more emotionally involving but the problem there is that more people saw the theatrical ending instead. But an I am Legend sequel or prequel is welcome by me

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    • johnnytuba

      Mar 7th 2012, 18:55

      Do you really need to say SPOILER ALERT for a 5 year old film?

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